Kai Havertz

Leverkusen ‘haven’t given up hope’ on Havertz despite latest Chelsea links

Bayer Leverkusen ‘haven’t given up hope’ of keeping Kai Havertz beyond the summer despite the latest reports linking the highly-rated midfielder with a move to Chelsea.

Havertz has established himself as one of the most exciting young talents in world football over the past few seasons, with a host of Europe’s elite reportedly monitoring the 20-year-old ahead of a summer transfer.

Chelsea are the latest club to have expressed an interest in the Germany international, who has scored five times in just five appearances since the restart of the Bundesliga behind-closed-doors last month.

Bayern Munich are also believed to be strongly interested in signing Havertz during the close season, but Leverkusen managing director, Rudi Voller, insists the club still retain hope of keeping their prized asset.

“We haven’t given up hope that he’ll stay with us,” Voller told German outlet ARD, as per Goal.

“We try to give him every possibility that he can call up his qualities. He did an outstanding job in the second half of the season.”

Last week, Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes insisted that Havetz’s future had not been decided, but admitted that there was significant interest in the player from across Europe.

“We don’t know yet what will happen to Kai,” told Spanish outlet Marca. “We know that all the great clubs from Germany and Europe are after him and that he has the ability to play anywhere.

“But we have to wait, there are many factors that influence. His future is not decided at all yet.”

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